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Resources by Topic: Aging and aging-related services

Long-Term Services and Supports Scorecard: Emerging Innovations - Mobility Managers
Report highlights the role of mobility managers in coordinating transportation services for elders allowing them to age in place. Features examples of mobility managers functioning in both rural and urban settings.
Author(s): Doug Birnie, James McLary, Wendy Fox-Grage, Jana Lynott
Date: 06/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: AARP Public Policy Institute
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In Support of Family Caregivers: A Snapshot of Five States
Examines policies developed in Washington State, Minnesota, Hawaii, Tennessee, and Maine to support family caregivers, including those in rural areas. Features demographic characteristics of the states profiled, state expenditures by the Administration for Community Living in FY2016 on older adults and caregivers, and data on state Medicaid policies affecting these groups.
Additional links: Executive Summary
Author(s): Jennifer Aufill, Julia Burgdorf, Jennifer Wolff
Date: 06/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Milbank Memorial Fund, The John A. Hartford Foundation
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Unmet Need for Personal Care Assistance among Rural and Urban Older Adults
Policy brief exploring the unmet need for personal care help across 11 activities, such as self-care, household chores, and mobility-related tasks, with breakdowns by urban and rural location.
Author(s): Carrie Henning-Smith, Zhengtian Wu, Megan Lahr
Date: 06/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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Older Americans Act: HHS Could Help Rural Service Providers by Centralizing Information on Promising Practices
Focuses on services and resources authorized by the Older Americans Act to help older adults age in place in rural communities. Addresses challenges accessing home and community-based services in rural areas and information on strategies for addressing those challenges. Covers home-delivered meals, congregate meals, transportation, family caregiver services, case management, and homemaker services. Research included interviews with ACL officials, rural area agencies on aging (AAA) in 8 states, rural health experts, and stakeholder groups; a literature review; and site visits.
Date: 05/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services Meeting Summary, Sacramento, California, April 3-5, 2019
Summarizes the 85th meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services (NACRHHS), which was held in Sacramento, California. Presents an overview of national and state perspectives on the meeting's two areas of focus: rural cancer prevention and control and supportive services for older adults.
Date: 04/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services
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An Evaluation Report: Senior Food-Assistance, Related Programming, and Seniors' Experiences Across the Feeding America Network
Discusses characteristics of 17 food bank programs in rural and urban areas of 9 states, through interviews, observations, and document reviews. Examines challenges faced by food-insecure rural seniors, and profiles food-assistance programs in rural areas of Montana, Alabama, and Minnesota.
Additional links: Executive Summary
Author(s): Edward A. Frongillo, Andrea M. Warren
Date: 04/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Feeding America
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2018 Transportation Trends
Identifies issues affecting the availability of accessible transportation for older adults and people with disabilities. Includes examples of programs underway in rural and frontier areas to address transportation needs.
Date: 04/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Aging and Disability Transportation Center
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Rural Pulse 2019: Rural/Urban Findings - March 2019
Results of a survey of 1,560 Minnesota residents, exploring their views on issues including access to healthcare, behavioral health services, public transportation, and elder care, and how well these issues are being addressed at the state and local levels. Features statistics including demographics with breakdowns by urban and rural residence, and survey responses with breakdowns by 6 Minnesota regions.
Date: 03/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Blandin Foundation
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Stranded: Bridging the Transportation Gap for Rural Communities
Discusses the transportation gap for older, disabled, and lower-income people in rural communities. Highlights some of the challenges of accessing transportation services in rural communities and offers some steps toward closing the gap.
Author(s): Valerie Lefler
Date: 03/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: AARP
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There's No Place Like Home: Rural Home Health and Hospice Care in Washington State, a Discussion of Challenges and Solutions
Provides an overview of home health and hospice services in rural Washington state. Identifies rural areas and offers information on aging rural populations within the state. Discusses challenges and potential solutions to meeting the needs of rural aging populations in Washington.
Author(s): Patricia Justis
Date: 01/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Washington State Office of Rural Health and Primary Care Office
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